Trump Terminates Remaining 16 Members Of HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel

President Trump ran on the platform that he was going to make America great again, but some argue that he has yet to deliver. In fact, many experts suggest that Trump has only helped his one-percenter friends while in office and neglecting the middle-class he promised to protect. The Hill reports that recently the Trump administration terminated the remaining 16 members of the president’s advisory council on HIV/AIDS as it prepares to appoint new members.  Sources indicate that each of the 15 members received a letter informing them that their appointments to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS had been cut off, according to a statement from the executive director of the council.

The council’s executive director told reporters: “The current members of Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) received a letter informing them that the Administration was terminating their appointments. She also said the letter thanked them for their “leadership, dedication and commitment.”
She went on to explain that “Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during administration changes. The Obama Administration dismissed the George W. Bush Administration appointees to PACHA in order to bring in new voices.”

The terminations come on the heels of six members of the council resigning this summer, arguing that Trump doesn’t care about HIV. Gabriel Maldonado, CEO of Truevolution in Riverside, Calif., who was one of the members who was let go, told reporters: “Like any administration, they want their own people there. Many of us were Obama appointees. I was an Obama appointee and my term was continuing until 2018.”

However, Maldonado did question why Trump didn’t change the board at the beginning of his presidency, instead of waiting nearly a year. Maldonado also pointed out that some people on the board were sworn back in as members earlier this year when their initial terms expired. What do you think of the administration’s decision?

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